SPARTA, NJ – Sparta Township is, once again, considered one of the top 50 safest towns in New Jersey, according to Safewise.  Sparta was ranked 33 with .2 violent crimes and 7.38 property crimes per 1,000 people.  There were less than 150 reported crimes giving Sparta a crime rate approximately 75 percent lower than the average community in the United States, according to the report. 

In response to the latest ranking, Chief Ernest Reigstad said, “Whether we are first or 50 it is a great club to be in. All of the towns that are in the top 50 are very safe beautiful places to live. I am happy that we are considered one of them. It is why I choose to live and raise a family here myself.”

Sparta Information Officer Dennis Proctor said, “It is not a surprise that we are on the list again.  Sparta is a great town.  We expect to be on the list every year.  Next year we expect to be back higher up on the list.”

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He attributed the drop from last year’s rank of second to a short burst of drug related and similar activity in 2013.   Last year’s rating was based on 2011 data.

The home security provider rated towns nationally using data from 2013.  Using FBI Crime Reporting statistics they compared the number of reported violent crimes such as murder, robbery, rape and aggravated assault and property crimes such as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.  They calculated the number of crimes reported per 1,000 people, in communities of 10,000 or more people.